Fat Stereotyping in Video Games


The two examples I’m going to give are probably just a couple out of many.

So, The Sims 4 is coming out in 2014, right? Right now news is slow, almost nothing new. However, they did have a few live feeds, and I watched one where they were showing the pre-alpha (I think) Create-A-Sim. I don’t know how many people have noticed this, or if they did notice and just didn’t care, but the slider they showed for the Sim’s body type had a donut on top and an apple on the bottom.


(image from this site)

Of course, if you go towards the donut, the Sim becomes fatter, and if you go towards the apple, the Sim becomes thinner. The woman showing us this even described the Sim getting fatter with “If you eat donuts all day…”. I mean, really? Did they really have to put a donut and apple on the weight slider instead of something, I don’t know, more neutral and non-stereotypical?

The second example is something a close friend of mine told me. She was playing The Sims 2, and she wanted her Sim to be fat, so she made her gain weight. She then noticed that her Sim, once fat, constantly had thought bubbles of food. At first my friend thought that it was because her Sim was at the maximum level of her culinary skill, but then she recalled that when her Sim was thin with it maxed out, she didn’t keep having food thoughts. Not nearly as much as when she was fat, apparently.

So, I guess thin privilege is people assuming you’re healthy just because you’re thin, and thin privilege is not being stereotyped as thinking of nothing but food constantly just because you’re fat.

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This is why racism is still alive.
There Is already a girl code on MTV. If a white person person would put out there a “white girl code” everybody would be up in arms about racism but no one says it damn thing about someone putting out “black girl code”. Why is it there’s a black Miss America pageant, a black college fund but anytime you put something out there for whites only it’s considered racism.

 I have no mental patience to deal with the fact that she just compared  BLACK GIRLS CODE to GIRL CODE on MTV. I am absolutely done.


I didn’t see it was app creator and for that I’m sorry but my point still stay the same
If a white girl wanted to join this class and she wanted to make apps she got older wwould this program just refuse her because the color of her skin?
I’m not trying to be a troll or anything like that I just want you to see where other people come from.

Actually as someone who has documented this program, the classes are open to all colors/cultures.  There have been white girls in the class. There have been girls of all colors in the class.  The name Black Girls Code is to the prove the point that little girls of color can too code & participate in technology. There are countless technological camps/coding camps for little girls - but most of these programs do not include girls of color because they are offered in substantially wealthier/non-middle class areas. These programs are not accessible for minorities/little girls who are the most isolated. Women of color (black, native american, latino) only make up 8% of the overall fields of technology. WOMEN IN GENERAL only make up 13% of technology.   How horrible it would feel to be isolated by the color of ones skin, this is how little black girls feel every day when it comes to technology.  This is where I’m coming from.  Do not call something racist, do not assume something is racist when you have absolutely no idea what it is about.  

When people don’t understand what racism really is because they’ve never experienced it. Sigh….

i am sick and tired of white people and their general inability to STOP BEING GREEDY ASSHOLES.

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descentintotyranny: Partnership between Facebook and police…


Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

Oct. 25 2013

A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests.

A high-ranking official from the Chicago Police Department told attendees at a law enforcement conference on Monday that his agency has been working with a security chief at Facebook to block certain users from the site “if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content,” reports Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist who attended the lecture.

Lipp reported throughout the week from the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, and now says that a speaker during one of the presentations suggested that a relationship exists between law enforcement and social media that that could be considered a form of censorship.

According to Lipp, the unnamed CPD officer said specifically that his agency was working with Facebook to block users’ by their individual account, IP address or device, such as a cell phone or computer.

Elsewhere at the conference, Lipp said law enforcement agencies discussed new social media tools that could be implemented to aid in crime-fighting, but at the price of potentially costing citizens their freedom.

Increasingly in discussion in workshops held by and for top police executives from throughout the world (mostly US, Canada and the United Kingdom, with others like Nigeria among a total of 13,000 representatives of the law enforcement community in town for the event),  and widely available from vendors, were technologies and department policies that allow agencies to block content, users and even devices – for example, ‘Geofencing’ software that allows departments to block service to a specified device when the device leaves an established virtual geographic perimeter,” Lipp wrote. “The capability is a basic function of advanced mobile technologies like smartphones, ‘OnStar’ type features that link drivers through GIS to central assistance centers, and automated infrastructure and other hardware including unmanned aerial systems that must ‘sense and respond.’”

Apple, the maker of the highly popular iPhone, applied for a patent last year which allows a third-party to compromise a wireless device and change its functionality, “such as upon the occurrence of a certain event.”

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